The Multistrada is getting a bigger engine for 2018, as the California Air Resources Board has released documents certifying a 2018 Ducati Multistrada 1260.

According to the CARB executive order, the Multistrada 1260 will use a 1262cc engine, likely based on the existing Testastretta DVT engine used on the XDiavel. The Desmodromic Variable Timing engine actually debuted on the Multistrada 1200 for the 2015 model year, so we expect the technology to continue with the new model, which Ducati claims offers more power while burning 8% less fuel. The new Multi’s engine won’t be exactly the same as the XDiavel’s powerplant; CARB has separately certified the 2018 XDiavel, and documents show the Multistrada 1260 produces higher levels of emissions.

Ducati claims the XDiavel produces 154 hp at 9500 rpm and 95 lb-ft. at 5000 rpm when rated at its crankshaft, but we expect a higher rev limit and more horsepower from the Multi 1260’s engine. The current Multistrada 1200 claims 158 hp at 9500 rpm and 100.3 lb-ft. at 7500 rpm from its 1198cc DVT engine, so we’d expect more than 160 horsepower and a bigger bump in torque due to the larger displacement.

Ducati XDiavel Testastretta DVT engine

The CARB document also certifies three versions for 2018: the base Multistrada 1260, an S variant and a Pikes Peak edition. What’s missing, however, is a Multistrada 1260 Enduro. CARB has also certified the Multistrada 1200 models for 2018, including an Enduro version, so it’s possible the more off-road capable version will stick with the old motor for at least one more year.

Unfortunately, the CARB executive order does not reveal any other changes to the Multistrada. We’ll have to wait for Ducati to provide official details. The 2018 Multistrada 1260 will likely debut at EICMA in November, if not sooner.

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  • Old MOron

    DC, you gotta start wearing an overcoat and a fedora – if you don’t already.

  • Tanner

    hope they improved the low-RPM torque on this engine. It simply cannot be lugged at low speed like the BMW GS engine can.

    • Born to Ride

      That has more to do with fueling, flywheel effect, and gearing than it has to do with torque. However I will agree that the R1200RS that I rode had excellent low speed fueling and throttle response. But the water boxer couldn’t hope to keep up with the testastretta when the throttles get cracked open and the tachs wind up.

  • spiff

    Would this engine be a good fit to the Monster?

    • Born to Ride

      I was actually shocked when the revamp of the Monster 1200 for this model year didn’t include VVT.

  • SRMark

    This is a great reason to buy a lottery ticket.


    Lately I’ve been a less is more thinking kind of guy. I like this idea. I’m now thinking more is more.

  • Junker

    I was on the hunt for a ’17 Multi 1200S earlier this year. Nobody had them and didn’t know when they would get them, just loads of dusty Enduro models nobody seemed to want. Seriously, the dealer here got in 3 more enduros I think, and they still hadn’t sold the ones from last year. Glad I missed out because I’d be kinda bummed now. This, though, might be a possibility next year or 19.